Great news, film aficionados and people with short attention spans! The DC Shorts Film Festival is back for its 12th year to bring you the best short films from around the world! From Sept. 10-20, DC Shorts will feature screenings of 125 judge-selected short films from 24 countries sorted into 14 showcases. Tickets can be purchased online for $12 (w/service fee) or $15 at the door. In addition, the DC Shorts will also feature free shows, a couple of parties, special screenings, and an online film festival! See below for highlights:
- Free 40-minute Lunchtime Shows! Get away from the office and e-mails for a bit, have lunch at the theater, and watch Documentaries, Animated Shorts, Local Shorts, or Comedy Shorts. Don’t forget to silence your cell phones!
- A Free Family Showcase of 60-minute kid-friendly shorts hosted at 8 different DC Public Libraries. Make it a family affair!
- LGBT Showcase: highlights the LGBT community and experience, with some shorts made by emerging LGBT filmmakers!
- Modern Relationships Showcase: explores how romance has changed over the years. DEFINITELY bring your Tinder date to this, you modern romantic, you!
Online Film Festival:
Can’t make it to the festival? Watch the short films on any laptop or computer, and most mobile devices or tablets! Learn more here.
Festival founder Jon Gann explains that the sorting process for each 90-minute showcase was not by topic, but by variety, to give the audience a range of genres: a mix of dramas, animation, comedies, documentaries, and experimental films. Here are a few shorts that we thought you’d like:
8 MINUTES • SHOWCASE 11
“A game of Washingtoniana may decide the future career path of a young professional.” The game played in this short could catch on in DC.
12 MINUTES • SHOWCASE 6/LGBT SHOWCASE
“Waiting for poll results on election night, a political family must deal with more pressing matters.“ Because it’s campaign season, duh.
4 MINUTES • SHOWCASE 5
“Christylez develops a unique brand of hip hop to break through mainstream perceptions of the genre.” Produced by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, this short doc introduces one of DC’s progressive hip-hop artists.
THE WAIT: A MURAL BY NEKISHA DURRETT
12 MINUTES • SHOWCASE 6/LOCAL SHORTS LUNCH SHOWCASE
“A local artist paints a gentrification-inspired mural on the side of a Park View diner.” Learn the story behind the mural on Georgia Ave. & Lamont St., NW here!
19 MINUTES • SHOWCASE 4
“Traveling to attend a funeral, a harried mother overcomes airport bureaucracy to board a plane.” We’ve all had frustrations at the airport, amiright?
13 MINUTES • SHOWCASE 1/MODERN RELATIONSHIPS SHOWCASE
“A spunky, single foodie seeks romantic company to dine with her.” Raise your hand if you’re a single foodie, or if you know a single foodie? That should be everyone.
3 MINUTES • SHOWCASE 10 • ANIMATION SHOWCASE
“A stray puppy suddenly appears to brighten up a lonely boy’s world.” This one will give you all the feels if you’ve ever had a pet… or a heart.
11 MINUTES • SHOWCASE 11/FAMILY SHOWCASE/ANIMATION SHOWCASE
“After the seas have disappeared, a courageous pilot fights pirates over the last source of water — clouds.” This should be made into a full-length film. Watch here!
So if you like movies, and we know you do, check out DC Shorts Film Festival starting September 10-20. For more information, check out the website www.dcshorts.com) for full schedule.